Thursday, June 30, 2005

Under the Knife

My son is having surgery for an umbilical hernia (aka "outie" belly button) tomorrow. Actually, an "outie" is just a symptom of it. Sometimes the umbilical cord opening doesn't close completely and it needs to be stitched closed in the abdominal wall. The scariest part for us is that he has to be put to sleep with anesthesia. The docs told us that there's actually a greater risk that his airways could close with local anesthetic. Doctors recommend that the child refrain from vigorous physical activity for a couple weeks after the surgery; I'm not sure how we're going to reconcile this with a three year old boy who loves to do back flips off couches.

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